A Rake's Progress, Plate 3


A Rake's Progress, Plate 3


A room at the Rose Tavern, Drury Lane (after the painting at Sir John Soane's Museum); to l., Tom, surrounded by prostitutes and clearly drunk, sprawls on a chair with his foot on the table; one young woman embraces him and steals his watch, another spits a stream of gin across the table to the amusement of a young black woman standing in the background, another woman drinks from the punchbowl, another is removing her clothes in order to perform "postures"; to right., a harpist and a door through which enter a man holding a large dish and a candle, and a pregnant ballad singer holding a sheet lettered "Black Joke"; on the walls hang a map of the world to which a young woman holds a candle and framed prints of Roman emperors, all (except that of Nero) damaged.


William Hogarth (English, 1697 - 1764)


British Museum




This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 100 years or less.

Original Format

Etched/engraved print on paper

Physical Dimensions

Height: 353 millimetres
Width: 405 millimetres





William Hogarth (English, 1697 - 1764), “A Rake's Progress, Plate 3,” Execution Ballads, accessed April 24, 2024, https://omeka.cloud.unimelb.edu.au/execution-ballads/items/show/1117.

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